• The Royal Baths Murder

  • A Yorkshire Murder Mystery, Book 4
  • By: J. R. Ellis
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (299 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A murdered crime writer. An idyllic Yorkshire town. Can DCI Oldroyd separate fact from fiction?

A famous writer is found murdered at the Victorian baths in the Yorkshire town of Harrogate. In a crime worthy of one of his novels, Damian Penrose, who was appearing at the town’s crime writing festival, has been ruthlessly strangled. But with no trace of the murderer and no apparent means of escape, how did the killer simply vanish from the scene of the crime?

There’s only one mind capable of unlocking this mystery: DCI Jim Oldroyd. But as he and his team quickly discover, while Penrose was popular with the reading public, he had made plenty of enemies. Feuds over money, accusations of plagiarism, a string of affairs.... His route to the top left a trail of embittered rivals - and suspects. But which of them was willing to commit murder?

When Penrose’s shocking death proves to be just the first of many, it becomes clear to Oldroyd that he is dealing with a calculating criminal hell-bent on revenge. He must find and bring them to justice. Before the truth becomes more chilling than fiction....

©2019 J. R. Ellis (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Murdered Writer in Historic and Idyllic Setting

Once again DCI Jim Oldroyd finds himself faced with near impossible odds in determining how someone got into the historic Victorian baths and murdered Damian Penrose, a famous mystery writer in town for the Harrogate’s Crime Writing Festival. With a growing list of suspects and a town full of tourists for the annual festival, Oldroyd and his team have quite a job ahead of them. The fourth in the series is superb, and also gives us more details in the personal lives of Jim Oldroyd, Andy Carter, and Stephanie Johnson. Steph has been loaned out to another DCI at the station, who is unscrupulous and keeps preying on the young women who work there. And so far, no one has challenged him, including his superiors, who must suspect his behavior. Jim Oldroyd, spurred on by his daughter, Louise, has subscribed to an on-line dating service. Finally getting up the courage to meet one of the women for coffee, Oldroyd finds he rather likes her. I also like, Oldroyd’s sister, Alison, who is a vicar in a nearby village. The investigation of the murder at the baths is stumping Oldroyd and his team and in the meantime, the writing festival continues and Oldroyd digs deeper into Damian Penrose’s past. There is no lack of dirt there. Great tale of intrigue. Of course, my favorite part is always listening to Oldroyd as he puts all the pieces of the puzzle together.

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Narrators Voice Irritates

I just can’t concentrate on the storyline when the narrator’s voice irritates me so much

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Old school sexist writing

Sexist old school male writer that makes females look and behave like idiots. Stopped about 2 hours in because I couldn't take any more. Full of cliches. Female police officer blamed crying on time of the month.

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  • 11-04-19

Weakest in series

I enjoy the setting of these books and the details about Yorkshire. The series are Agatha Christie in nature but the writing is uneven and nowhere close to the legendary mystery author. This was the weakest in the series and seemed to be primarily a vehicle for his political point of view.

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Best so far

This was fun. Way too many characters to keep track of but still quite good. In fact, it was my favorite of the series so far. I still am leery of the romance between two of the characters.

This was another locked room mystery. And the setting of a murder at a murder mystery festival was a cute way to go. Much of it was predictable but I enjoyed it. I liked seeing Oldroyd step out of his comfort zone.

And Michael Page’s narration was quite decent.

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The Royal Bath

I loved this book, I couldn't put it down. The narrator was awesome! I love the main characters and can't wait for another book!

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Disappointing story

Having read all the other titles in this series, I was expecting better. This did not quite hold up to the others for 2 reasons. Most disappointing was the introduction of Oldroid’s new love interest, Debrah. She was poorly written. Not believable at all. A sophisticated highly educated and successful woman would not likely tell a man he was fat, needed to exercise, to shut up, and to eat no meat while on the second date. So unrealistic . I also thought the secondary story line of the female police officer was a poorly written cliché of sexual harassment in the work place. Fortunately I didn’t read this series in order or I may not have continued past this volume.

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Used to read these for the characters

But now it’s just one left wing agenda after another. I don’t think you left any out with this one. Normalizing homosexuality, man bashing, abused women in workplace, cop hating, coexist in all religions, save the earth, and let me see, did I miss anything? You’re so focused on getting in all your agendas, you made two very blatant mistakes in the actual story of policing a murder. I’ll let you figure those out. I’m half way through the book and can’t stomach it any more. I enjoyed the first one or two, but this just was too much. What a shame.

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weak ending

this is the 2nd book with the murderer being almost unknown to us and is dropped on us with a complicated almost silly ending and a very weak reason for killing so many people.

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Politics

Can't remember who did it cause of all the authors political agenda. Surprised he even had room for a murder. In fact all of his books are the same. I'm down to just using them as background noise.

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  • Ory
  • 12-12-19

Peculiar Yorkshire

Posh bloke trying t speak Yorkshire dialect, he's crap keeps on saying t all time. Sounds peculiar, he ought t stick t posh books n leave us Yorkshire tykes t read Audiobooks.

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  • Diane Walmsley
  • 11-06-19

well worth the wait, next please

wonderful to be back in the tantalising of who done it and thd wonderful description s of the area.
the plot kept me guessing till the end also wondering who or why the next one to be murdered would be. Loved it and cant wait for the next

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  • K. Tye
  • 08-02-20

Another Brilliant Yorkshire Murder Mystery

I absolutely adored this book, not just because it is set in my county of birth, all the authors books in this series are, and not because it is narrated by the incomparable Michael Page, but because the setting for this story is the Theakstons Crime Writers Festival in Harrogate. I have been promising myself a trip to this event every year for the last five or six years and each year something has come up. I know feel like I have visited having read this wonderful book. The characters are, as always in these mysteries, complex and involved, and the plot as always could not be more twisty if it tried. This is the 4th I have read and cannot wait to get my hands on number 5. I would recommend this five star listen to anyone who loves a good mystery.

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  • Thepearsons
  • 04-21-22

Another successful listen

Yet another example of good entertainment. I have found all of JR Ellie's books and you couldn't ask for a better setting in God's own county.

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  • Jennifer
  • 03-04-22

End disappointing ☹️

The story was ok until the end, which was totally unbelievable!
The narrator needs to get the correct pronunciation of ‘Masham’ right, but that’s from a Yorkshire person!

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  • Carole mc kechnie
  • 01-28-22

The ROyal BATHS murder

Very 🐌on ths plot before I'll got ☝interest in the book versions boring at start of sorry.

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  • Jenni
  • 01-19-22

Great story and Mystery/Murder

Started listening to this series only a few months ago, and this was number 4, can't wait to start number five. Enjoy

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  • A. Holmes
  • 01-09-22

Brilliant story couldn't put it down there was a g

Brilliant story couldn't put it down good twist at the end can't wait for next

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  • Vixanne
  • 09-18-21

Fantastic book series

I am really enjoying this book series with it’s clever laid back writing, likeable clever and nicely flawed characters and engaging plot. On to the next……

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  • Pauline Colsey
  • 06-11-21

A good read

Very enjoyable read. Original and well thought out murder mystery. Keeps you guessing. Good characters.

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  • Bronwyn R
  • 12-28-19

Narrator a distraction

I very much enjoy J R Ellis's crime novels, and the story to this one was also a good one. However, I was greatly distracted by the voice of the narrator, as it was extra loud overall and just about every voice/accent sounded pompous! Also the women's dialogue sounded like it was being read by a female impersonator in a Christmas pantomime, also, still quite pompous....I tried not to let this affect my reception of the story itself, but it was impossible to ignore. Maybe it's just me, but I am used to much mellower narration, better suited to the scenario. Nothing personal, Michael Page, but I just don't think you were the right person for this story!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-16-19

average

Not one of the best books I have listened to but
able to listen to the end story line ok. narration was good.

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  • Howerd
  • 01-14-22

Arc celebris fontibus

As an old Harrogatonian I enjoyed the story very much. The characters are well described and the nostalgia was good to hear .
I can’t imagine Harrogate ever being the seat of as much drama, but I was hooked from the first few lines . Well done to J R on a well written storyline

Incidentally, Masham is pronounced Massem , not Mashem

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 01-11-22

Average

Not sure why I like this series it’s very old fashioned and at times dreadfully beige. Still I can listen to it while reading my Facebook pages.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-28-20

An Exercise in Endurance

Sadly I don't think this narrator's skills are suited to audio books. He had a shouty style & the gravelly voice characteristics he gave some characters were physically unpleasant to listen to. This is not the best crafted story & I did get tired if the 'bloody hells'. However it may have been more enjoyable with a different narrator.

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